Above image: Poster from the Sandow Trocadero Vaudevilles , 1894 A fun thing I included in one of the chapters of my novel Shores of Chaos: Shipwrecked is a turn of the century vaudeville show. American Vaudeville was an entertainment form in the United States from the 1880s to the 1930s. Vaudeville shows consisted of… Continue reading Come One, Come All to the Story of American Vaudeville!
Above image: Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, NJ, demolished 2015 Something I decided to add to the final draft of Shores of Chaos: Shipwrecked was the 19th century insane asylum. For most of us when we think of the typical Victorian or Gilded Age insane asylum, we think of grim, filthy places where… Continue reading The Evolution of the American Insane Asylum
One of my goals with my writing is to help those suffering from mental illness. In Shores of Chaos: Shipwrecked I tackled postpartum depression (PPD). In my first draft of this story, I unfortunately fell into the trap of making a villain out of my character, Frances Ashman, who is suffering from this illness. For… Continue reading Postpartum Depression in the 19th Century
Shores of Chaos: Shipwrecked came about from my love of lighthouses and all things related to the seashore. I went to my first lighthouse when I was about eleven and have been enchanted by their architectural design and their purpose for existence ever since. I chose to set my story in the 1890s as this… Continue reading A Brief History of Lighthouses
Here’s some more history behind our favorite Christmas symbols to put you in the holiday mood! Santa Claus The story of Santa beings in the 3rd century AD when a monk helped the poor and sick and became St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children. His veneration spread throughout Europe over the centuries where his… Continue reading The History of Christmas Traditions and Symbols- Part 2
Here’s a fun little post to give you some background on popular Halloween symbols. Jack O’Lanterns Jack o’lanterns started as a tradition in the British Isles. They are associated with will-o’-the-wisps, strange lights that, although caused by natural phenomena, were thought to lead travelers astray and into dangerous places. There is also a folktale of… Continue reading History of Halloween Symbols
This year’s costume takes on a more imaginative turn as I don a raven masquerade outfit. The costume was inspired by ravens, of course, but also by some costumes from film and TV: The collar is actually inspired by the collars that queens of each krewe (social organization) wear on Mardi Gras. The stays are… Continue reading Halloween Costume: Quoth the Raven Nevermore
My most recent adventure into historical costuming is a 14th century gown fit for a queen. I’ve been wanting to make this costume for awhile and I finally found the right material for it (or more like my dad found it at the store)! You may remember this sketch from my previous post, “Historical Costuming:… Continue reading The Queen has Arrived.
So in this post, we’re saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring. Here’s the second costume I promised you. Once again, the dress in this post can be worn two different ways. Below is the first version of the dress that I made when I was a teenager. I also separated the bodice and… Continue reading …To Spring: 18th Century 2 for 1 Costume Special
This week and next week, I will be treating you all to some more of my 18th century costumes. Each post will feature a dress that can be worn two different ways, so they are literally 2 for 1 costumes. This week’s costume is a winter gown/jacket and skirt. I originally made this dress back… Continue reading From Winter…: 18th Century 2 for 1 Costume Special
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Hi, I’m Genavieve. I am an aspiring author with a vivid imagination and a passion for seeing my ideas become reality. One of the genres I will be writing in is historical fiction as I am an avid lover of history. Another genre I will be writing in is horror fiction as I am fascinated by the supernatural and the macabre.
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